The idea for such a conference emerged out of conversations with students at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies as well as students and staff at the University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability who have shared interests in questions related to nuclear technologies, nuclear colonialism and nonproliferation. Climate change and the current war in Ukraine have brought nuclear issues back into public awareness–approximately eleven years since the last time nuclear issues filled news headlines with the onset of Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO’s) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, and forty years since the first Te Hui Oranga o te Moana nui a Kiwa (reciprocal conferences where Māori and Pacific Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific [NFIP] activists gathered to address the consequences of nuclear imperialism and nuclear colonialism in the Pacific).
This is particularly the case in Oceania which has long served as the “nuclear playground” for many imperial nations. Given its particular nuclear history and antinuclear policies and culture, Aotearoa provides a unique context for hosting critical conversations on these timely and globally relevant issues.
Nuclear Connections Across Oceania will be a hybrid conference held at the University of Otago in November 2022.
The particular timing will align with the landmark 10th review conference on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons which will take place in August 2022. It will provide an opportunity for speakers and audience members to engage in conversations about the Treaty and how they might collaborate in working toward a nuclear-free future.
Nuclear Connections Across Oceania will be a free and open public event held in person or through our hybrid livestream.
The conference provides an opportunity to hear from key activists, artists, researchers, and community members on the impact of the nuclear military and industrial complex.
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